Mission Bush Pilot and Nurse

After spending three years in Guyana, South America, we have now moved to Bewani, 50 Km south of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. We have started a new humanitarian aviation ministry here. In visiting with health officials and church people here, the need for an aviation program to reach into remote villages became very apparent. We are taking health workers and medicines/vaccines, into remote village airstrips and bringing out critically ill patients to the hospital. We also fly in educational materials for schools, as well as take in Bible workers. Toni is helping with the medical end of things, while Gary takes care of the flying part. We have several local lay missionaries we sponsor and we do ground transport for patients as well. We are volunteers here to serve our God and the unreached people of Papua New Guinea. We have a great need for more people to join in this effort.

Saturday, April 26, 2014



fuel is purchased by 5 liter jugs along the road side.


Thursday, April 24, 2014



Airplane arriving at Vanimo for the first time.

Airplane arrives

Airplane Arrives!

The last few weeks have been super busy, Toni has taught 3 cooking classes in the last 10 days, to about 30 people, here at our house.

We have been emailing, phoning, and running office to office trying to get things lined up for the arrival of our long-awaited airplane. We had to have customs, immigration and quarantine all at the airport at arrival time.  The last leg of the journey was an 8-hour non-stop flight.  The pilot, Tony Varga from New Mexico, flew the plane and landed here at 5:30 pm local time.  We had a large crowd of nearly 150 people waiting to greet him. The acting governor, and many public officials and church leaders were there. Then there was a short program with speeches and also refreshments.  There is a lot of excitement here now that the plane has finally arrived.

We have lots of paper work and permissions to get yet before flight operations can begin. The first big hurdle is to get an exemption from customs for the plane and our supply container, which is also supposed to arrive in country this weekend.  It will require another boat ride to get here, once it clears customs. Lots of work to do yet, but God is still moving things forward.  The plane arrived with some special treats in it from friends who helped to pack the plane in AZ, and dog supplies from Toni's sister.  Thank you!

Work is proceeding on our house in Bewani and most of the airstrip has now been mowed and is looking very nice.  It still needs some drainage put in.

We will try to post some pictures on our blog site and on FB.

Thanks so much for all the prayers and support for God's project here in PNG.

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014


our two new water storage tanks and a laundry sink set up.


God provides for our needs

Hi family and friends,

We are saddened by the death of Bob Roberts this past week, His plane crashed just a few miles across the border from us. He has been a mission bush pilot for over 30 years. His plane crashed just after take off, he and another passenger were killed and 5 others survived. He was flying a two -year -old Kodiak.

Our plane has arrived in Guam and is presently being reassembled after its trip across the Pacific in a container. A contact there, who is helping with this task, also helped to get us through customs in Guam, without being charged. They were telling us it could cost several thousand $. Hopefully it will be ready to test fly by the end of the week.  Our ferry pilot plans to fly it here about the middle of the following week, (21st-25th) depending on weather, etc.

God does provide for all our needs, He has promised. Last week a friend, who I met here briefly 2 years ago on my survey visit, offered to help with customs and shipping here. She came here a week and a half ago, and spent a week going to different government offices, making phone calls, writing letters, getting signatures and seals of approval, doing more visits, etc.  She put together a thick file of documents to send to the customs commissioner here in PNG, requesting an exemption from custom fees for our plane and our supply container. She believes and so do we, that it will be granted. God is faithful and will continue to provide.

Last Sunday our supply of fresh veggies was nearly exhausted when a family came to visit us and brought a big bag of groceries with lots of veggies and other food items! Just in time and so much appreciated. Those items are pretty much done now, but yesterday the ship came in that has the veggies our regular supplier gives us and he said he would be by later today with those! God's timing is awesome. 

We only brought bath towels for the two of us when we came.  Several were given to us before we left and we put them in the container, which has not arrived yet. Our pilot, who is bringing the plane, is trying to travel as light as possible so he can carry fuel, we asked him to please bring his own towel. Last night we received a care package from one of Toni's nursing friends from San Diego. On top of the box, was a nice big bath towel! Yes God notices the little things too. Less weight and more room for the pilot now! Towels here are very expensive and very poor quality. The rest of the package was filled with special treats that we will enjoy very much!

We have had lots of rain this last week and our water tanks where we are living are full and over flowing! Progress is being made on our house in Bewani, a bit slow but God knows when we will need it and He will provide for that too.

Today, Toni is teaching a vegetarian cooking class at our home!

A special thank you to those of you who have chosen to be a part of this project with your financial support and prayers. God is opening doors and the people here are really excited as they see God leading. May you be blessed, too.

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations